tv U.S. Senate Pro Forma Session CSPAN August 26, 2016 10:00am-10:31am EDT
>> and now quickly to pro forma session of the u.s. senate. the 13th since mid-july. these brief nonlegislative meetings are necessary every three days since congress did not a great on an adjournment resolution for the summer break. live now to the senate floor. the presiding officer: the senate will come to order. the clerk will read a communication to the senate. the clerk: washington, d.c., august 26, 2016. to the senate: under the provisions of rule 1, paragraph 3, of the standing rules of the senate, i hereby appoint the honorable james lankford, a senator from the state of oklahoma , to perform the duties of the chair. signed: orrin g. hatch, president pro tempore. the presiding officer: under the previous order, the senate stands adjourned until 9:00 a.m. on tuesday, until 9:00 a.m. on tuesday, >> the senate finishing up a brief pro forma session.
the next one is scheduled for tuesday august 30 at 9 a.m. eastern. members return to work on tuesday september 6 at 3 p.m. the house will join us and in return for legislative work on tuesday september 6. they're expected to fund the zika virus research and financial programs and pentagon programs. the house is expected to consider impeaching irs commissioner john koskinen at the house will be live on c-span. the senate live on c-span2. >> booktv recently visited capitol hill to ask members of congress what they're reading this summer. >> i have a bright of things, some reading list. its heart is exact with the list will be because i'm kind of a spontaneous book reader. i will start reading a book and use i have a couple going at one time and then i will run across an article or some reference to book and say i've got to take a look at that one. it's a journey i never know, it's never planned as i move forward but as far as my plans
for the summer, one theme that they have going, i'm reading a book now i have not read since i was in college, actually back when i was studying in college. i read a book called zen and the art of motorcycle maintenance which i was drawn to because i'm a passionate motorcyclist. i do a lot of that again, ar ort least as much as a camp this summer. the book isn't about motorcycles. that's a philosophical book and i've always loved philosophy. i remember really being taken by that book back in the late 1970s when i read a. i thought it's time to pick it up and read it again. i'm starting to read it right now. about a man's journey with his son across the country but think it's in debt in relation with technology and much of our discussion about some of the big
issues compressing philosophical issues in the late 70s that are just as relevant today. i'm reading because i'm doing a cross michigan motorcycle ride as part of my activities this summer to get in connection with folks. i've got a harley-davidson and i will be doing town hall meetings, meet with local journalists in some of the rural counties in michigan. i'm going to be at coffee shops and dolittle town hall meetings. people can join me for part of the ride as we go from town to town. i thought it was time to pick the book up and read it again. another book i'm reading right now is by the eminent biologist wilson, edward wilson and his social conquest of the earth which talks about human journey and our development over the years and out individual selection and group selection really for who we are and talk about how societies are really constructed and are strong as a result of some of these
evolutionary avenues that we have taken as the species. i just ordered that meaning of human existence which is his capstone book to we all want to know the meaning of human existence? i'm looking forward to reading the continuation of his social conquest book. but think we'll see what the rest of the summer leagues. i'm sure there will be other topics that will pop up that will keep me reading. >> booktv wants to know what you are reading this summer. tweet us your answer @booktv or post it on our facebook page, facebook.com/booktv. >> are wrote to the widest coverage continues later as senator tim kaine takes part in a voter registration row at florida in him. c-span will have live coverage of that starting at 2:15 p.m. eastern. a look now at some background on political advertising strategy. >> host: $60 million, seamount
hillary clinton campaign has spent so far in the general election. formula dream bob mcdonnell trump campaign. joining us on the phone is niall stanage, associate editor of the hill who's been looking into these numbers. thank you for being with us. >> guest: my pleasure post to let me go to the headline. how significant is this? >> guest: i think it is very significant. i think there's a number of elements to it. one is the sheer disparity in the number that you just mentioned. that is highly unusual at the presidential level do not have campaigns at least somewhat on equal terms. the other important fact is that this is relatively early in the campaign, the height of summer. we have seen in the past the capacity for one nominee to really paint the opponent into a corner doing this kind of face of the campaign.
it happened when they attacked senator john kerry in 2004. when you put those two factors together a significant. >> host: we've documented just on the campaigns themselves, not the super pacs supporting either donald trump or hillary clinton but those numbers get higher especially for the pro-clinton campaign. >> guest: yes, that's right. the clinton super pacs about spent the trump super pacs by a significant margin as well. when you put it all together, last week the most recent data we have, reached over $100 million, around about 104. that outspends all the code from advertising by a margin of around nine to one. >> host: the clinton campaign is focusing on key battleground states are the trump campaign at least so far with focus on florida, ohio, pennsylvania and north carolina, four states that the trump campaign insist are a
tv-commercial tv-commercial tv-commercial
must win. let's look at some of
the ads now on the air spent on hillary clinton and i approve this message. >> america depends on steady leadership. >> knock the crap out of him, would you? seriously. >> believe me. >> and you can tell them to go to be blan -- i would not -- >> hillary clinton's america, the system stays rig against americans. syrian refugees flood in, illegal immigrants convicted of committing crimes get to stay, clicking salsas get it benefits them skipping the line. it's more of the same but worse. donald trump's america is secure, terrorist and changes criminals kept out, the borders secured, our families safe.
change that makes america safe again. donald trump for president. >>
on donald trump and i approve this message. >> host: some of the ads and we are joined by niall stanage, associate editor of the hill newspaper. have we seen these ads become more or less useful in terms of the impact they have on voters? >> guest: it's a great question although i think a lot depends on timing. some people would argue it's more effective to run them at this time than late in the campaign when the market is almost saturated with ads. but nontheless, i think that has been a gradual increase in negative campaigning. and whether that to some extent leads to a law of diminishing returns is an interesting question and it's one strategist and outside experts differ in terms of their answer. >> host: you talk about a virtuous circle when it comes to the ads and impact they have on polls and news coverage. can you explain? >> guest: yes. this is a point made by one
strategist whom i spoke with for this triggered his argument was that if ads were proceed to begin to work, for example, the state he was referring to was north carolina, has been a republican leaning state to hillary clinton very competitive rap single bit of a lead right now. this strategist argument was about that leads to increased interest from democrats. it makes it easier to recruit volunteers for campaigns, may even boost fund-raising. so in other words, ads lead to the center of momentum, the center of momentum then creates a virtuous circle to which the article refers. >> host: the trump campaign would argue donald trump did not spend a lot, did not see a lot of trouble that in the primary, work in the primary. is a different or do they know something we don't know? >> guest: they would argue that donald trump is such an unusual candidate that h he can rely upon his own personal appearances, his speeches and
interviews he gives to reduce or ameliorate the effect of the gap in ad spending. i do think there is a difference between the primary and the general election. i think, a primary by its nature, you are appealing to an audience or an electorate that is broadly speaking in agreement with your views and it's a matter of whether they want to choose you or one of your intraparty rifles. agenda collection you need to expand your voter base, appeal to people who are not that persuaded attention to -- is a different dynamic. >> subbase underresearched the 96 campaign, the 2004 campaign and president obama in 2012, when the books are written on the 2016 campaign and the focus on this month, august, what will they sing about the clinton campaign, its passage and the trump campaign? >> guest: i think those eight the clinton campaign really tried to present its advantages
while the trump campaign has been somewhat reeling from a series of missteps. i think that there could well be an argument, particularly obvious if hillary clinton wins this election, that this month was pivotal because it did enable her to go up on the air almost unopposed by the trump campaign was only beginning its national ad campaign. that may well be seen as a serious mistake just as some of the examples we have cited are referred to in that fashion. >> host: the negative campaign ads between the clinton and the trump campaign and the store available online at thehill.com. niall stanage who is associate editor, thank you very much for being with us. >> guest: my pleasure. spent coming up, life coach of the conference on aging and wellness with discussions about lifelong learning and housing options for seniors. a segment from this morning's
"washington journal" on women's vote in the presidential campaign.n >> host: we continue our discussion of campaign 2016 this time talking about the female vote, women's vote and campaign 2016 with kathryn serkes, the coach of the women's vote trump, an organization unveiled back in june and supporting donald trump.ni what was the reasoning behind this super pac? >> guest: we specifically wanted the women's voice to be out there. we realizing that mr. cropdusting women to win this election. that's a key area. also looking at one of the things that have been interesting about this campaign is women have been reluctant toe speak out. has been pressure pressure becaf what i call the ginger shaming. you're supposed to vote for hillary. you're supposed to vote for the first the no president. we wanted to help give permission, give women a safe
place to express their support for mr. trump. >> host: how far back did you h find yourself saying i can see my self going for donald trump? >> guest: for me really it was back in around february, february march. i have a long history with hillary clinton so i came to this really as more from than never hillary site. and was waiting for things to shake out amongst the republican candidates. i would've probably been willing to support, there were some candidates i would've been verys happy to see as the candidate. i go back to, telling my age, i go back to the '90s during the hillary care issue about health care task force. because health care has been my area of policy and work, and being upset about the way that that was run, not just the proposals b but the way it was run.
what i see a history there again of exclusion, of trying to keep things secret. i at the time was working with the group that sued hillary clinton and others over the secrecy of health care task force. >> host: your group is women vote trump. who is part of this coalition and what's come in terms of fundraising, you're trying to raise funds and dicing.ng what sort of level are looking at? >> guest: we are not raising money for the campaign. we are super pac independent. my colleague and this is amy kremer, the former chairwoman of the tea party express and, indeed, one of the, consider one of the founding mothers of the tea party movement and was one of the founders of tea party patriots. one of our co-chairs was ann stone, a longtime republican activist, also one of the cofounders of the women's history national women's histore
museum. she has now moved over come is moving over to become campaign which is great because she's doing coalition work for them which is great, ground organizing going on from the campaign. amongst the female groups and ad hoc groups of the want of the latest snapshots we have of women's support for hillary clinton or donald trump from monmouth university, through august 7, so far they look at this in terms of white womente without a college degree, 49% support donald trump. 32% support hillary clinton women with college degree, 27%7% support donald trump, 57% support hillary clinton. speaking to the audience, women, women with college degrees, what's your message? what do you do to make this a? >> guest: was that the polle did ask who would you be voting for at this time for favorable
or unfavorable? postmen don't know that question. >> guest: that's a key issue because we are dealing with two candidates that have high unfavorables. so unfavorable does not equate with will vote for, will not vote for. that's key. but i to question about the message to those women. what we are seeing is some of the polling isn't giving us a good snapshot, particularly in those communities of the educated whitepper midas upper-middle-class, shall we say, there is indeed a lot of gender pressure to support hillary clinton. those with a women who also have been reluctant, who have reported to us a great deal of pressure, a great deal of backlash if they talk about trump. we are not sure those numbers are completely accurate. the message is that it is okay
to vote for mr. trump, that mr. trump is a supporter of women. i've talked to a young woman who is 26, college educated, the other night and i said what do you like about mr. trump? her first answer was he loves women. it's obvious he loves women and i can tell none of this information about trying to paint him as a misogynist is true. >> host: . you can send us a tweet at c-span debbie j. we're talking about female vote in 2016 with kathryn serkes of the women vote trump in your organization set up back in june. how would you describe the trump campaign outreach with the no voters? >> guest: one of the reasons that we set up was what we saw was that it can't organization
seem not to the ground game together back this spring, early summer before the convention. we saw all of these ad hoc groups springing up, nevada women vote trump, new york women vote trump, all over the place, scouts for trumpet there just are hundreds and hundred of these groups that are doing it on their own. we wanted to create a home for them to have a place where we could start to centralize and organize them for them to come together. we call ourselves the home for women who support trump. and then, but i think we've seen a change now as i mentioned. we are seeing a change now as our cofounder ann stone and kelly and, i still take over as conway. i still think of her, i have a troubles and conway which i still think of for so long as her maiden name. that we'll see a big difference now in doub that which means the
can sit in the back over to the idea of being the role of being a real path, which is to raise money to get the women's was out there so what we are working to do is tell women's stories there where women who have worked for mr. trump. we have women who know him. we have women telling their stories of why this support mr. trump. and people who you may not expect to have a 62 year-old latina woman who wants to go out on television and tell her story. we have so many people that are willing to speak out and haven' had a way to do it. >> host: his third campaign manager, one way or another, what do you think of her? h >> guest: i've known her for a long time your she's verys organized. and she's come under how to describe it but i think she is a
very reasonable organized person who is a very good move for him to have her on board post that are using some of the influence in a couple of comments and speeches he is mitchell for? >> guest: i think so. i personally think so. now remember, i'm not in on the campaign.ai i have no communication with the campaign, just in the back and looking as an observer and knowing her i would say i'm starting this year influence, which is, she's a very calm, reasonable person and i'm starting to see some of that generate from the campaign. >> host: let's get to calls. clearfield utah good morning. >> caller: good morning, c-span. so i just kind of wanted to post this real quick. i'm considered a leader in the republican party in utah. i may vice chair of my district. so the number one thing for me is because of alsosoafrican-am african-american is a lot of the
things i've seen especially witn roland martin, the reason why trump has kind of softened some of his outreach and some of his positions is because he wants to appeal to the white women voters. i don't know that that's true but the question i want to poses to her is that from a woman'ss point of view, what is the main reason you think mr. trump has been making these changes inin doing these outreach? my number one concern has been with mr. trump is literally early in his campaign he had each week and it was like -- hurt my cell as a black republican. but he has apologized so i'm trying to give him a fair view. what can women expect from thess changes?
>> guest: that's a really good question because one of the things we have heard from women from the very beginning is that they are supporting him because they like it that he tells like it is. they feel that they're getting the truth from him. we acknowledge and we say very clearly in our video, he's not perfect. we know that he is not a perfect candidate. women know that he is not a perfect candidate, but he is, it's a breath of fresh air to women. so we have to do a job of balancing, keeping that, what he talked about the other night and he will always tell the truth, along with tongue. i will disclose, i am someone who in the past, has coached candidates for debate. i am proud of them for doing their presentations and other speeches. might be known as the spinas person. i can tell when somebody has
been focus grouped, has been prepped and is just going down there talking points. what i can tell you is that is not mr. trump. i saw that from the very beginning. sometimes you stumble some words. he stumbles in what you send. delivery speaks so long, speaking off-the-cuff. he was speaking of the teleprompter without notes. when you do that sometimes you're going to miss speak. i'm going to miss be today because i don't have a script. and that's what we saw in twoe sometimes. sometimes that was a problem with this tone. sometimes there was a question with a choice of words. what he's trying to do now is be more disciplined about his message, my opinion. is it is time to be more disciplined about his messageg while remaining true to who he is, which is to tell the truth. we want to see, i think that's one of the things that women t like so much about it is that he's telling the truth and that when they see hillary clinton, that if you like its focus grous tested, that everything has beer
practice, rehearsed and you were talking points. >> host: akron, ohio, on our democrat line. >> caller: good morning and greetings from tropical ohio. being surrounded by other democrats and i voted democrat since jimmy carter, they think that when i tell them the story of bill and hillary leaving the white house and taking furniture, artwork, lenin. i mean, they had to count the silverware after these guys left, they think it's a conspiracy theory your they think it's a trumped up thing from the republican party but it wasn't until she was ready to run for senate that they finally complied and started sending these things back. could you please elaborate my story to let them know that this really did happen? and if we can't trust her with not taking things in the white house, how can we trust her as the president? >> guest: again, i'm showing my age because i've been around
for these things and i was there. i actually came to washington in 1993 to fight hillary care, represent the association of american physicians and surgeons involved in the lawsuit as a major because of the secrecy in violation of the federal laws, i the federal advisory committee act which required open t meetings. they refused to hold open meetings in. that was back in 93. we started right off the bat with the clintons, with secrecy, with deception. they said that nobody was, everybody on the task force was a federal employee. they were flying in from all over the country. people from insurance companies were able to come up with no say that perhaps they were able to buy seeds. now given what we've seen now. but yes, sir, if they take things from the white house. i wish the are millennials, we need to go back to our millennials and give them an
education in the last 25 yearse of history with the clintons. because they were not around. i was talking some young women to the other night and they were not around for all the escapadec with the clintons in the '90s and don't realize that this is a very long pattern post backru kathryn serkes is our guest. you can find more at women votet trump.com. a couple of comments on twittert is there a silent majority among women that will vote for trump that we are aware of? one more. what to women vote trump think about having a female nude model in the white house?em >> guest: the one before that was the silent majority. i completely agree with the silent majority. i came through the women's
movement in the '60s. i was a witness to the civil rights movement in the '60s. i feel like i've been breaking glass ceilings. i was one of the first women in a television station. the i would love to see a woman in the white house. i can't tell you how much i would love to see a woman in th white house, but not this woman. not hillary clinton. i am not proud to have her represent me as the first woman in the white house. and i think there are a lot of women who feel the same way. and again, are afraid to say it, are afraid to speak out because of the pressure. that me, i want to talk about one thing.am not i don't fit labels. i am not a longtime republican activist, a longtime republican consultant.. that's not me. i was previously a democrat but i don't fit labels.
so it's very difficult to segue into the of the question. i don't fit into the labels, and what we've seen so far is trying to get people by gender, by race, by labels, by politics. my personal opinion is i would like to see that stop in to shut down and just talk about issues. one of the things that's been extremely disappointing to me this year is i believe the show today and i can tell you that me twitter feed will be full of all kinds of very ugly comments to me, and most of them will be gender specific to me. they will refer to my weight, my looks, and call me dirty names that i can't repeat on this show. we get that from, i, the truth is it's coming from the hillaryl supporters. that needs to stop. not just about me but about everyone.
agenda politics, the racism. i am insulted when i'm called a racist just because i support donald trump. that deeply offends me. it wounds me and upsets me. and as far as having a nude model in the white house, i am more offended by having a first gentleman that's having liaisons in the oval office that i am by one picture that melania trump, a beautiful picture that melania trump did a few years ago prospect jeff on the independent line. good morning. >> caller: good morning. i just might first begin by saying i am a retired, very senior military retiree. i have a ph.d. my wife is completing her ph.d at the university of minnesota,t
of which we will both be third generation who graduates. .. she is being threatened by hec lassmates, let alone her professors, because we support donald trump. they have gone as far as denying her thesis. her support for trump, it has nothing to do with what the thesis is about. it has everything to do with her politics. yetonsider this to be another example of